Pastels provide the need for immediate satisfaction and brilliant color for a second career former cancer nurse. Whether painting a beloved pet portrait (which is my new found art passion), human commissions, “plein air” painting or exotic landscapes, the colors are always exciting. As a medium, pastels have great depth and yet are vibrant, ranging from hard to buttery soft. They are not just “chalk” but are made with the same or better quality colorful pigments used in oil paints by artists such as Renoir, Monet and Toulouse Lautrec.
Whether painting pets, glaciers (“plein air”) in Hubbard Bay, Alaska; churches in Russia, or seas and atolls in French Polynesia; it is all a thrill. Seeing the intense dark and light hues of Alaskan turquoise ice “up close and personal” was a breathtaking experience. Traveling to new places such as Paris, painting landscapes and seascapes, keep me fresh, challenged and stimulated as an artist.